Diane Doolittle serves as Co-Chair of the firm's National Trial Practice Group. She litigates and tries high-stakes complex commercial, intellectual property and white collar cases. Ms. Doolittle has tried more than 70 cases and won 92%. She is repeatedly recognized as one of the leading trial lawyers in the United States. Law360 selected her for its inaugural award of "Top Female Trial Attorney," one of only 15 women nationally. In 2020, Lawdragon named her one of “500 Leading Lawyers in America.” For seven of the last eight years, she has been chosen by the San Francisco and Los Angeles Daily Journals as a "Top Women Lawyer" in California. She has been repeatedly recognized by The Recorder as one of the "Women Leaders in Tech Law," most recently in 2019. Also in 2019, Ms. Doolittle was named to the Daily Journal’s list of “Top Trade Secrets Lawyers."
Ms. Doolittle has tried a wide variety of complex disputes, with tens or hundreds of millions of dollars in dispute, in state and federal courts across the country. The cases cover subjects as diverse as misappropriation of trade secrets, trademark, antitrust, fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, unfair competition, extortion, and insurance coverage. She has tried multiple employment cases involving allegations of discrimination, harassment and wrongful discharge. Ms. Doolittle also has extensive experience trying criminal cases, from street crimes to white collar crimes. Because of her unique trial skills, Ms. Doolittle is often engaged in the weeks or months before trial, specifically to act as trial counsel.
As a former prosecutor, Ms. Doolittle brings special expertise to, and spends a significant amount of time, defending corporations, officers and directors in parallel civil and criminal matters, including under the federal securities laws, the False Claims Act, and the FCPA. She also litigates intellectual property disputes, including cutting-edge disputes over the intersection of intellectual property law and the Internet.
Ms. Doolittle is also a go-to lawyer for sensitive, high profile cases for companies and individuals, including those that require the development and coordination of civil, criminal, media and public relations strategies. More recently, she has been engaged to handle sensitive #metoo cases, including by conducting corporate internal investigations.
Ms. Doolittle lectures extensively about trial practice. Currently, she teaches trial advocacy and deposition practice at Stanford Law School.